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Fullerenes as adhesive layers for mechanical peeling of metallic, molecular and polymer thin films

Wieland, Maria B.; Slater, Anna G.; Mangham, Barry; Champness, Neil R.; Beton, Peter H.

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Maria B. Wieland

Anna G. Slater

Barry Mangham

Neil R. Champness

Peter H. Beton


We show that thin films of C60 with a thickness ranging from 10 to 100 nm can promote adhesion between a Au thin film deposited on mica and a solution-deposited layer of the elastomer polymethyldisolaxane (PDMS). This molecular adhesion facilitates the removal of the gold film from the mica support by peeling and provides a new approach to template stripping which avoids the use of conventional adhesive layers. The fullerene adhesion layers may also be used to remove organic monolayers and thin films as well as two-dimensional polymers which are pre-formed on the gold surface and have monolayer thickness. Following the removal from the mica support the monolayers may be isolated and transferred to a dielectric surface by etching of the gold thin film, mechanical transfer and removal of the fullerene layer by annealing/dissolution. The use of this molecular adhesive layer provides a new route to transfer polymeric films from metal substrates to other surfaces as we demonstrate for an assembly of covalently-coupled porphyrins.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Jan 1, 2014
Deposit Date Feb 15, 2016
Publicly Available Date Feb 15, 2016
Journal Beilstein Journal of Nanotechnology
Print ISSN 2190-4286
Electronic ISSN 2190-4286
Publisher Beilstein-Institut
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 5
Keywords polymerisation; porphyrin; surface; thin film; transfer
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Additional Information This article is part of the Thematic Series "Physics, chemistry and biology of functional nanostructures II".


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